Working in collaboration with the RSPCA, Humberside Police and a local veterinary practice, we were able to work together to rescue four donkeys, Rhubarb, Custard, Apple and Pie, in Yorkshire.
The adult donkeys, Rhubarb, Custard and Apple, all had overgrown hooves, and some had even started to curl upwards.
Custard was in pain and was lame; she also had a sarcoid (a form of skin tumour) on her muzzle, which needed treatment.
All had overgrown hooves, and some had even started to curl upwards.
At the time we were unable to determine the owner but, under the provisions of the Animal Welfare Act, the donkeys were taken into our possession and transported to our nearest holding base.
We provided veterinary, dental and remedial farriery care and the donkeys began to flourish in their new surroundings.
The owner was later identified and questioned by the RSPCA and given a formal caution for causing unnecessary suffering and failing to meet the welfare needs of the donkeys.
As a result, the donkeys were relinquished to the Sanctuary, safeguarding their welfare for life.
At the time of writing, Rhubarb has been found to be in the later stages of pregnancy, and we are all eagerly awaiting the arrival of her foal.
We’re already suggesting suitable names for the little one…Crumble, perhaps?